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Bath Crayons Recipes

My belly is pink, Dear Reader.

This past Sunday, I was trying out a recipe for bath paint, and I was stained. The staining appears to be permanent. Gracie Anna is stained, too, thanks for asking.

Fortunately, our skin cells will not live forever, and our bellies and legs will return to their normal color in a week or two. I hope.

how to make bath crayons

At any rate, the bath paints were super fun, and my friend at KaNani Essentials is sending me some organic bath paints that are guaranteed not to stain.

But you aren't looking for bath paints, you're looking for bath crayons, like the ones I used to color Joe and Grace uses color on the sink. We've been making those, too.

Homemade Bath Crayons

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar Ivory soap
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring

Instructions:

  1. Grate the bar of soap. You'll need about 1 cup of soap shavings. I use Ivory because it's very mild. It's what Grace's dermatologist recommended, and it's what we use at home. Unfortunately, there isn't a short cut to the grating, unless you use a food processor. You can't use detergent or powdered soap. They're too harsh.
  2. Add food coloring and warm water, a few tablespoons at a time, to the soap shavings and mix until it forms a thick dough. You can add more water or soap shavings to get the right consistency.
  3. Once the dough is firm, you can shape it into crayons by hand or press it into candy molds. I made ours into little cigars so that they'd be easy for Grace to handle.
  4. At this point, you can leave the crayons out to dry and harden. Amy from MomAdvice puts hers in the freezer for 10 minutes or so, and then leaves them out to dry after that.

Notes:

  • You probably want to test the crayons on your bathtub and other surfaces before you unleash the children with them. Make sure they rinse off.
  • Ditto with your skin. I learned that one for you.
  • I found some neon food coloring at my grocery store that is splendid. I love it.
  • If you want to make your crayons different colors (as opposed to all one color as in the instructions above), you can separate the soap shavings into smaller chunks, and mix each with water and food coloring to get the right consistency.
  • If you're interested, you can get real crayon-shaped molds at the craft store.

When you're all done, take some pictures! I'd love to see them.

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48 thoughts on “Bath Crayons Recipes”

  1. Quick and easy bath paint: Shaving cream and food coloring or fingerpaint. 🙂 It not only doesn’t stain, it cleans. (Remember using shaving cream to clean your desk at school? Yeah.)

  2. Quick and easy bath paint: Shaving cream and food coloring or fingerpaint. 🙂 It not only doesn’t stain, it cleans. (Remember using shaving cream to clean your desk at school? Yeah.)

  3. What’s the only thing better than a cheap do-it-yourself project that replaces a pricey item?

    A cheap do-it-yourself project that replaces a pricey item and I actually have all the stuff on hand to do it with. We’re tackling this one tomorrow.

    Thank you, thank you!

    Tara: Have you tried Dove for Sensitive Skin? That’s what the eczema crowd here uses. Neither Dove nor Ivory breaks us out, but Dove seems to be a bit softer.

    Lil: Shaving cream to clean desks? Oh, the sheltered life I’ve lived.

  4. What’s the only thing better than a cheap do-it-yourself project that replaces a pricey item?A cheap do-it-yourself project that replaces a pricey item and I actually have all the stuff on hand to do it with. We’re tackling this one tomorrow.Thank you, thank you!Tara: Have you tried Dove for Sensitive Skin? That’s what the eczema crowd here uses. Neither Dove nor Ivory breaks us out, but Dove seems to be a bit softer.Lil: Shaving cream to clean desks? Oh, the sheltered life I’ve lived.

  5. I would have never guessed it would be so easy to make your own bath crayons! I am definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I would have never guessed it would be so easy to make your own bath crayons! I am definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Easy enough recipe. 🙂 Those are really neat. Thanks for the link on Monday Round up.

    just a observation, not sure if anyone else has noticed but your right sidebar has been pushed down below your post.. i also noticed that you have numbered comments, you may want to chance the size of the number in your template to make that side bar come back up.

  8. Easy enough recipe. 🙂 Those are really neat. Thanks for the link on Monday Round up. just a observation, not sure if anyone else has noticed but your right sidebar has been pushed down below your post.. i also noticed that you have numbered comments, you may want to chance the size of the number in your template to make that side bar come back up.

  9. Thank you for your advice. We tried to make this with the 1 cup of soap; 1 cup of water and food coloring recipe! I ended up with a BIG mess! I have seen a few recipes now that say 1/4 cup, but I think your advice of adding it a little at a time is exactly what I needed to do! My son misses his crayons, and I thought we could make some more. Any suggestions for some scent free soap to grate?

  10. does the food coloring stain the skin? i know it does. but a good idea for the toddlers? to use the peroxide or lemon juice to remove after bathing, is it too much trouble?

  11. does the food coloring stain the skin? i know it does. but a good idea for the toddlers? to use the peroxide or lemon juice to remove after bathing, is it too much trouble?

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  14. For anyone concerned about using food coloring, I found a set of colors (intended for soap-making etc) that is specifically for bath products at my craft store. They were pretty inexpensive too! 🙂

  15. I Can’t wait to try these! I think I am going to put them in flower molds for the girls I nanny! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Instead of grating your soap you can microwave the soap for a few minutes.. It makes a big soap ” cloud” you just break up after it cools down. Be careful It will be very hot coming out of the microwave !! My son loves playing with it!

  17. My nephew and I just made these! He LOVES them! We put them into a star ice cube mold (because it is what we had on hand) and now are waiting for them to dry! My sister-in-law is going to be so happy when she finds out..because now he cant wait for bath time (which is usually a struggle with him). I can’t wiat for my little ones to get big enough to do things like this with me! Thanks so much for posting!

  18. I am definitely going to make these. I think these are great homemade Christmas gifts! I also found silly putty. Too cute. :@)

  19. I saw someone commented that they used the dyes specifically for making colored soap. I had bought some but have yet to try it out. Did it work? I don’t want to waste it if it didn’t.

  20. Tried this and they turned out crumbly. Did I not add enough water? What’s the consistency of the dough supposed to be like (i.e. Peanut butter, playdough, cookie dough…)
    THX!!

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  22. Hi! I’m Makenna, and I’d really appreciate if you
    Would please put up a post of how to make
    Bath paint or email it to me! I would also
    Like to see how to make bath fizzies!
    Or if you call them bath bombs, their the
    Same! So please, email me bath paints
    And bath bombs!!!

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  24. WASTE OF TIME AND SUPPLIES. Followed recipe to the tee and all I’ve got are 8 soft pieces of slippery soap….ycch a mess….

  25. Love this!! And same as above I had all the stuff. I get frustrated with “easy” little crafts get excited and you need to make a grocery list to do! Lol can’t wait to try them!!! One color got a little watery so wondering how it will turn out!!!

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  27. I use the Dove bars (sometimes the generic) to make liquid soap and I have to grate them to do so… the best way to grate the soap is to microwave it for 20-30 seconds, and not a bit longer. It softens up the soap enough to finely grate without tearing up hands and it makes the grating process 1000% faster.

    Thanks a MILLION for this recipe. I’ll be trying it later, I use the bath crayons more than my kid does. The shower helps me think and I need something to write down my ideas! lol

  28. Anyone tried using sidewalk chalk for the color? I use sidewalk chalk dipped in water to write on the shower walls while my toddler is bathing.We practice shapes, numbers, letters, etc. but some of the darker colors leave ghosting behind even though 99% of it just wipes away with water. Usually all I have to do is take a soapy rag to it and then it completely washes away, so wondering if I could just mix the chalk with soap from the get-go?

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